On July 25th at 8:30pm I jumped into Lake Tahoe at Camp Richardson and swam 21 miles to Incline Village. I swam through the night, to sunrise and into the day. The first 10-11 hours were glorious. The last 3 hours were the toughest swimming I have ever done. I swam with only with a bathing suit, swim cap, goggles and ear plugs. My fabulous crew fed me from the boat, throwing me food like I am a dolphin. During the swim, I cannot touch the boat or the crew as that will disqualify the swim. This was my longest swim to date and was intended to be my "training swim" for my Catalina Crossing which was scheduled for September 15th 2019. Due to the impact of the Tahoe Swim on my lungs, I will have to delay Catalina Channel swim to 2020. That said, I still want to support 5 Gyres as my mantra "more ocean, less plastic" is still what pushed me to complete the grueling 21 mile swim.
I swim to raise awareness around the ocean plastic pollution problem. I love our oceans and our ocean friends! I dream of a day of oceans free from plastic so our sea friends do not succumb to death from ingesting plastic. As a marathon swimmer, I am a fish person and want to do all I can to support my fish friends.
I have partnered with 5Gyres and have been a 5Gyres Ambassador for over a year working to inspire those around me to reduce their plastic footprint through action, advocacy and with my blog https://greenswimmergirl.com/
5 gyres mission is to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, education and adventure. I am working to support by helping to educate and inspire all those around me by pursuing the adventures of open water swimming. It’s the perfect partnership!
Did you know that by 2050 there be more plastic than fish in the ocean? This makes me so sad especially when I see reports of marine mammals and animals that have died due to eating plastic. I want to prevent that by donating to 5 Gyres, a nonprofit that’s at the forefront of the plastic pollution awareness movement. For 10 years, they have been researching the effects of plastic pollution in all the oceans and rivers of the world. Their data helped pass the Microbeads Free Water Act of 2015 in the US, which led to other countries passing similar bans. With their efforts and ours, we can save our oceans!
“We don’t need a handful of people doing plastic free perfectly. We need millions and millions of people doing it imperfectly.” This quote is edited slightly from my favorite quote by Anne Marie Bonneau @zerowastechef.